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terfaces – AA Dip 1 – Confernce at the Architectural Association




AA Dip 1,  run by Tobias Klein cordially invites you to come to this Friday’s ( 14th October ) conference hosted within the Architectural Association, Bedford Square 38, first floor front.

The conference will explore the idea of interfaces as a contemporary critical design method. We will examine this idea through the specific works and expertise of the various speakers and their relation to the idea of interface as a tool for manoeuvring within today’s digitally enhanced architecture. Featuring guests from a diverse range of backgrounds, the event embraces diversity in thought and in action and hopes to establish a fruitful conversation.

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10.45 Introduction

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11.00 Mark Cousins, Director of Histories and Theory, AA

Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and Visiting Professor designate at the University of Navarre, Pamplona. He is a founding member of the London Consortium graduate school.

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11.30 Shrikant Sharma, Associate Director, SMART Solutions,Buro Happold

An engineer, numerical analyst and software developer rolled into one, Shrikant is the personification of the phrase ‘multidisciplinary’. He leads our SMART Solutions team, who are dedicated to finding computational innovations to solve engineering challenges.With a PhD in Engineering, Shrikant has over 15 years’ experience in the development and application of numerical tools and new technologies. His work at Buro Happold augments many of our service offerings, including the People Movement discipline which he leads. The team, founded by Shrikant in 2002, is pushing the boundaries of innovations in the industry. The most notable contribution of the team is the development of intuitive, real-time tools for integrated modelling and optimisation of buildings and circulation spaces.

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12.15 Denis Vlieghe

Denis Vlieghe (Dip.Arch – High Dist.; M.Arch Architecture + Urbanism) is a fresh and forward-thinking Belgian designer, researcher, and instructor.
He has worked in Belgium, Japan, and the U.K.; participated in various international competitions among which the winning design of the Guanzhou Cuture Center with Endo Shuhei. His work also includes collaborations with internationally renowned designers Ban Shigeru, Biothing, Horhizon, Tommorrow’s Thoughts Today, Robofold, Space Agency… He has taught, given lectures and workshops in the AA, the University of Tokyo, TU Munich and TU Innsbruck. His work has been exhibited in London and in the Netherlands.Denis is also independently experimenting and pursuing a research based on generative processes inspired from biology, physics, new technologies and pop-culture, with applications in a wide range of designs, from accessories, robots, and computer programs to architectural objects such as pavilions and responsive installations.

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12.45 Tasos Varoudis, arch+ech

Tasos Varoudis is a professional architect, computer scientist and creative designer/technologist. He studied his Diploma (MSc) in Architectural Engineering in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and his Computing Engineering DIC and MSc at the Imperial College London.
Currently, he teaches at the MSc in Adaptive Architecture and Computation at the Bartlett in London, and besides that, he is a funded researcher in the fields of adaptive architectural space, spatial analysis, human-computer interaction and ambient technology. In 2007 he founded ‘arch+ech’ studio to house his passion for architectural design and technology. His work is mainly based on the integration of new technologies into architectural design. In sum, his projects and research is driven by code, form and space in order to create experiences that playfully challenge our perception of spaces, vision and objects. By creating senses of space that transcend the immediate physical environment of the viewer, he researches how the elements of architecture, spatial design and ambient technology can shape the interrelation between perception and movement in architectural spaces.

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13.15 Break

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14.00 Jordan Hodgson, House of Jonn

House of Jonn is a London-based creative studio with a focus on architecture and urban dilemma. It was founded in 2009 and is co-directed by Jordan Hodgson and Niall Gallacher who met and studied architecture together at the Royal College of Art, gaining their Masters with Honours. They use this background to produce work that both critically questions and celebrates the potential of the city, challenging received expectations of the built environment and contemporary urban culture. They seek to explore architectural ideas through a range of alternative media and cut across professional boundaries in their working practices.

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14.30 Eva Sommeregger, Horhizon

Born in 1981, Eva is an architect and researcher. She holds a Masters Degree in Architectural Design from the Bartlett, UCL London and the TU Vienna.

Eva has worked on commercial and non-commercial projects in Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, London and Vienna. She has been visiting lecturer and given workshops at mayor UK universities.

Her work, which understands architecture as construct of perception and combines time-based media with architecture, has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008. Her award-winning films have been screened on festivals across Europe and Japan.

Eva is Schütte-Lihotzky Research Fellow 2010 and Architect in Residence at the MAK in Los Angeles 2011. She is a member of hoRhizon.com, an international  research network committed to research by design.

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15.00 Dietmar Koering, Horhizon

Dietmar Koering was born 1976 and trained as concrete worker. He studied Architecture at the Technical University Cologne, University of Western Sydney and Muthesius Art Academy Kiel where he graduated in 2005. Through his career he worked for GRAFT Architects Los Angeles/Berlin, COOP Himmelb(l)au in Vienna, 3deluxe, Wiesbaden, as Architect / Senior Researcher at Andrew Wright Associates, London and several small companies. After his postgraduate studies in 2007 at the Bartlett Faculty he focused on blurring and observing the boundaries between various artistic disciplines. His works have been published in numerous internationally papers including “Süddeutsche”, “Heute Journal”, “Das Parlament”, “Architectureofconsequence”, “A10″. Museums including  “Technology and Aesthetics, USA Science and Technology Museum” Ottawa, Canada, “The Changing City – City of Ideas” Aedes Gallery Berlin, “Neue deutsche Architekturtendenzen” Hochshule Bochum and “Deutsche Technik Museum”, Berlin.
Since 2008  he is member of .horhizon

From 2007-2008 Dietmar lectured at London Southbank University and Chelsea College of Art & Design London. He has also given digital design workshops at The Royal College of Arts and The University of Brighton, has been a guest tutor at The University of Nottingham and, in 2004, a tutor for digital design at The University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Dietmar has been invited to lecture and to give guest crits at several universities such as The Architectural Association in London, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, BDA Monday Colloquy in Cologne and The University of East London.

Dietmar was holding the Jaap Bakema fellowship 09/10 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute for his research “Floating Permaculture”

He currently is teaches Digital Design at TU Braunschweig, Design and Technology at CIAD, Cologne and Virtual Realities in Innsbruck. He is leading research assistance for the project “SMART Grids” at Cologne University.